Sheldon, Iowa — Each Thanksgiving several churches around the area serve Thanksgiving dinner to those in their communities who have no family, or nowhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, changes had to be made in the way the meals are being served. Some canceled their Thanksgiving meal altogether. Others, like First Reformed Church in Sheldon, opted to move to a drive-through carry-out meal that people can pick up on the north side of the church, then take home and eat.
In a normal year, First Reformed officials say they serve about 150 people with their sit-down Thanksgiving meal. This year they have taken reservations from more than twice that number.
The deadline to make your reservation was this past Friday, and church officials say that by the deadline, 326 of the completely homemade meals had been reserved. In addition, 28 more people who missed the deadline have been put on the church’s “Stand-By List”, to be called in case there is food left over.